PNC Tinkering for Tots
September 10: Clay and Metal
September continues the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: clay and metal. We will compare and contrast these two materials and find out how they are often combined.
Discover How These Materials Are Used- Tin Shop
Visit the Tin Shop to see how metal and clay came together in an innovative way to fix a problem. While there, also discover why this “poor man’s silver” is so useful.
Compare, Contrast and Combine - Village Pavilion
Explore why clay and metal are useful materials. Test their strengths and weaknesses and what they can make when combined.
Crafting with Clay and Metal - Village Pavilion
Create a handy craft by combining clay and metal.
Inspiring Stories - Outside Village Pavilion
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Featured stories include Fix It, Sam by Lori Ries and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.
ARTIFACT OF THE DAY
Menlo Park Carbonizing Furnaces
To make the tiny filaments that Thomas Edison was experimenting with to make a successful lightbulb, his workers used small furnaces to bake the materials that were first coated with carbon. These furnaces allowed Edison to create over a thousand different filaments before finally finding one that worked. Edison and his team never gave up. This was innovation in action!
October 8: Fabric and Natural Materials
October continues the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: fabric and natural materials. We will compare and contrast these two materials and find out how they are often combined.
Discover How These Materials Are Used - Ford Home and Hanks Silk Mill
See how burlap and sheep’s wool are used to create a beautiful hooked rug at the Ford Home and how worms can help us create silky fabric at Hanks Silk Mill.
Crafting with Fabric and Natural Materials - Village Pavilion
Create a nature bandanna by stamping fabric with items we find all around us. See what unusual designs you can create with rocks, twigs and leaves.
Inspiring Stories - Village Pavilion
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. TFeatured stories include What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Nature’s Day: Discover the World of Wonder on Your Doorstep by Kay Maguire.
ARTIFACT OF THE DAY
Soybean Oil Extractor
Inside the Soybean Lab Agriculture Gallery is a rare device. It was created to squeeze the oil out of soybeans. The oil can then be used for lubrication, to be mixed with other ingredients to make paint and much more. It was part of Henry Ford’s mission to find uses for products that farmers grew. Extracting the oil would make soybean plants useful and make money for the farmers who grew them. For many years, a bushel or so of
soybeans went into making every Ford Model T car.
Ticket PricesParking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members.
|General Admission (12-61)||Free||$28.00|
|Children (4 & Under)||Free||Free|
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